Malevich in numbers: the amount of his first sale, the last "Square", the number of days that he spent on "Crosses", and the cost of his funeral
There were 54 colors in the first set of paints, mother’s gift for Kazimir’s fifteenth birthday.
5 roubles was Malevich’s first fee. His painting The moon night was sold in a stationary shop on Nevsky boulevard — the main street of the town of Konotop in 1894.
2 years of five-year agricultural college was the only regular education of Kazimir Malevich.
4 times Kazimir Malevich tried to enter Moscow school of painting, sculpture and architecture. 5 times, if we count the year when his father hid his petition in table drawer, saying to the teenager, that there were no vacant places at the school.
"0, 10" or, more precisely, "The final futuristic exhibition of paintings "0, 10" - at the display titled like this The Black Square was demonstrated for the first time. "0" meant zero subjectness. "10" was for the amount of its participants.
Three more "Black squares" were created by Kazimir Malevich later on. The second one was painted in 1923 — as part of triptych (together with The Circle and The Cross) for Venice biennale. His third square was created in 1929 for the personal exhibition in Tretyakov gallery right there in the hall of the museum. The last one was painted in 1932, and pinned to the truck, it followed the funeral procession of his author (see all "Black squares" by Malevich).
80 million dollars — that is the auctioneers estimate of the latest version of The Black Square, if it would appear at the international market.
317 and 365 — these numbers were considered by Velimir Khlebnikov as crucial in Malevich’s oeuvre as per mathematical correlations measurements in his pictures. "The numbers found by Khlebnikov, — Malevich wrote in a letter to the avant-gardist Mikhail Matyushin, — can prove that there is something larger behind the supremus having its direct law, or even the one of the universe creation. That I transmit that power and General harmony of creative laws that rules everything…"
Kazimir Malevich and his wife Natalia, Leningrad, 1930
It costed him 40 roubles to go to Warsaw for his personal exhibition in 1927. By the way, Malevich thought he had payed too much.
"I go on Monday, I got a ticket to Warsaw, the whole trip with luggage is 40 roubles. By the way to get to Negorelogo-Stolbtsov it takes 20 roubles, and from there to Warsaw — 10 roubles", — he took on in the letter.
36 hours, according to popular legend, lasted an interrogation that Malevich had at the corresponding authorities after his return from Germany in 1927.
80 days were spent in "The Crosses", being arrested in 1930 on the charge of espionage.
Funerals of Kazimir Malevich. Leningrad. 1935.
Written by Andrew Zimoglyadov